I have always liked this quilt block because it gives the illusion of lines crossing over each other and it is so simple both to make and to look at.
Fabric requirements for a 19″ square
brown fabric: four 4.1/22 squares, four 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles and one 3.1/2″ square
blue fabric: all 2.1/22 wide: eight at 4.1/2″, four at 8.1/2″, two at 3.1/2″ and two at 19.1/2″.
Making the stripes and squares table centre
I have shown the layout with just the brown fabric in place first. The 4.1/2″ squares are in the corners, the 3.1/2″ square in the middle and the rectangles in the four remaining spaces. The blue strips can then be added relatively easily between all the brown squares and rectangles. Note that there is no blue fabric across the outer ends of the 6.1/2″ brown rectangles.
The first step when sewing the stripes and squares quilt block together is to sew the blue rectangles to the top and bottom of the brown squares and then add the blue rectangle to the left of the squares on the left hand side of the block or the right of the right of the square on the right hand side of the block.
Sew the rest of the patches together in three columns and press well. The long blue stripes are left till last so that they can give the illusion of being in front of the other blue stripes. When all the columns are complete, sew them together with a blue strip between each column.
Cut 21″ squares of wadding and backing fabric and layer the quilt block as for any normal quilt.
I quilted the brown squares and rectangles fairly densely so that the blue would stand out and also to make them lie very flat to make it easier for anything such as a flower vase to stand straight on them. After quilting, trim the excess batting and backing fabric. I used a 1.1/2″ strips of the brown fabric to bind the stripes and squares table centre.